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Gentle Winds of Change: Uganda


Published 1961


In 1959, social scientist Marshall Segall traveled to Uganda to study the effects of the breaking down of colonialism on the individual citizen. He chose to focus on the Ba-yankole group,in the area of Mbarara, Ankole region. Although not a filmmaker, used a Bolex camera to make a record of his trip. The result, Gentle Winds of Change Uganda (1961, Columbia U) is a fascinating pastiche of social scenes, such as the making of plantain beer, and a local wedding, and political commentary. Several years after the film was released, Segall joined a number of US-based educators who sent a telegram to the Milton Obate-led Ugandan government, in protest of the arrest of liberal publisher Rajat Neogy. In response, the Ugandan government issued a statement breaking off diplomatic relationship between itself and Syracuse University, where Segall was teaching at the time. This remarkable work is the only film Segall ever made.

Segall, a professor of Psychology at Columbia, here investigates the impact of Western Civilization on Uganda, Scenes include a traditional wedding and the making of plantain beer. Segall originally traveled to Uganda for the purpose of making a sociological study, but decided to craft his footage into a film upon returning to the U.S.


Run time 33 min.
Producer Marshall Segall
Audio/Visual sound, color

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